MECs get R100k credit card limit

2012-07-24 14:39

Johannesburg - Credit cards issued to MECs can be used both locally and internationally for official government business, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Tuesday.

"In the course of discharging our responsibilities, we've taken reasonable steps to ensure the prudent use of the corporate credit cards by complying with the prescribed guidelines while being conscious of the fiscal challenges that our province faces," she said.

She said MECs were allocated a monthly limit of between R50 000 and R100 000.

"We have always strived to stay within the prescribed monthly limits."

She said the current guidelines for the use of corporate credit cards were not definitive.

The provincial government was reviewing the guidelines to provide certainty on the interpretation and enforcement of the guidelines.

"We want to reassure the people of Gauteng that we shall continue to do everything in our power to exercise fiscal discipline," she said.

Earlier this month controversial local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi resigned, after it emerged that he had used the government credit card to make personal purchases.

  • lulama.nokubeni - 2012-07-24 14:45

    what are this people with a budget of between R50 - R100 000. This is ridiculous. They have so many other allowances

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-24 14:48

      Bahahahaha! Can you see anything going wrong with this?

      henri.lombard - 2012-07-24 14:49

      haibo wena, u know we must always look grand when we take out all our buddies !!!!

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-07-24 14:57

      R100k a month?? That is a lot of money, and the masses will continue to vote for these thieves?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-24 15:00

      White the voting ANC masses receive R5000 per month, if they are lucky enough to find employment under this ANC regime!

      shudusO - 2012-07-24 15:03

      i missed the gravvy train ....yoh yoh yoh...and we don't have money for paying e-toll? what an amazing country we live in.

      Revelgen - 2012-07-24 15:04

      I can just see what 'official government business' is. Johnny Walker Black - a must. Official visits to strip clubs. Meals at the finest restaurants for the girlfriends. Latest Italian shoes. Manicures and massages. All 'official government business'. And us taxpayers are scraping like mad just to make a living and pay for these lounge lizards??!! No way.

      procold2 - 2012-07-24 15:14

      hey guy's i got a moerse increase, see you at the pub

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-07-24 15:37

      These embiciles live under the false impression that they are "important".

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-24 15:38

      mec, big brother is watching! i bet she cant help but spend like bra humphrey.

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-07-24 15:42

      vote DA

      philemon.ndlovu.5 - 2012-07-24 15:49

      This is befitting to their stature in the community.

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-07-24 15:56

      To buy paintings at foodie franchises? I can take a few pics to enlarge, I will frame it nogal! R 20 000 a piece...any mecs interested?

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-07-24 15:57

      Anyone know how many mecs in this government? just want to tally up. They do earn salaries hey?

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-07-24 15:58

      What can they spend this 100k on? there is no stipulation on that?

      renny.meere - 2012-07-24 15:59

      SARS logo - Working for You

      JManAtheoi - 2012-07-24 16:24

      @ Philemon - do you even understand the article?

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-24 16:50

      How do I apply for one of these jobs?

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-07-24 17:23

      @isabel.w.stokes - sorry you dont qualify not only are you white but a woman and probably have an education, the ANC would never let you become an MEC

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-07-24 17:25

      A couple more KFC pictures up for sale....... WTF are these ring gears doing with a R100K credit card. SA has become a whore house of cheap politics and idiots that think they are Gods gift to us. These pricks are just a bunch of crooks that keep the masses uneducated with a view for re-election. I think if any of them had a rectum transplant; the rectum would reject them

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-24 19:29

      @Philamon ~ Eish, ignorance is bliss hey?

      ntsako.baloyi.98 - 2012-07-25 08:35

      This is not an allowance. This is money allocated to MECs to use for business. I also have a corporate credit card at my work place and it is convenient to cover emergency expenses particularly when I am traveling overseas. It is not m salary and is company money. My limit is high but it is all for business use. If I use it for personal things, I can be sent to DC. There is nothing unusual about a corporate card especially for employees that travel a lot. It is not their money. For example, some hotels only accept credit cards payment and employees can use the corporate card to settle such expenses. Another option would be to use a personal credit card and then claim later but a corporate card makes it easy and convenient. A limit of R50k to R100K is actually normal. What is important is to ensure that the cards are used correctly and that is why the Housing MEC got into trouble.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:41

      Philemon, what has the DA got to do with this?. It is your pary members spending your money on themselves we are talking about. Geez.

      handy.andy.773 - 2012-07-25 14:54

      @ntsako.baloyi.98 - the difference is that someone in the private sector holds you accountable for the money you spend. No one holds the ANC accountable. In a true democracy they would have been voted out a long time ago. What emergency expenses? I travel for work all the time, but have a travel department that prebook everything. I reclaim my expenses, so that I am accountable for it. You'll see, it wont take long before you read how these card are beinig abused, since there are no "definative" guidelines. I take it you are happy that someone spend your tax money like this, or do you not pay taxes?

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-25 23:50

      How about not giving them credit cards and instead buy some text books !! Oops I forgot , you don`t want the masses to be educated !!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-26 14:08

      Soooo... they run up the debt, and taxpayers have to cough up for it. Who wins? The banks and the corrupt MEC's. Nice one okes, just stick fuel to the fire why dontcha. They're about as useful as second hand toilet paper.

      mabheshuenkomo.thabede - 2012-07-26 14:20

      hahaha, just when you think it cannot get any worse, so much money for what though?

  • willie.wessels.90 - 2012-07-24 14:46

    tell them it is not a gift card but a credit card that has to be repaid by us, the tax payer

      henri.lombard - 2012-07-24 14:48

      that will just snowball into more spending, they must be curbed like most companies are doing at times like these.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-24 15:40

      when they wanna get rid of an mec the regim gives out credit cards, cos they are constitutionally incapable of not cocking up, thiswill be her undoing hahahaha

      rontheogre - 2012-07-24 16:00

      We, the tax payers, have just been turned into ANC OTM's

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-24 14:50

    hahahaha, I cannot help but laugh....guess who will be going on a spending spree, emptying the coffers some more! Such a load of CR*P.....

  • odupreez - 2012-07-24 14:51

    Which bank is so stupid ?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-24 15:17

      The bank that never dries up - us. (Tax payers).

      Amanda - 2012-07-25 06:28

      Shut up and pay your taxes!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-26 14:10

      The banks aren't stupid - if they run up debt on their C Cards at the end of the day the debt will be paid by us tax payers. The bank wins no matter what. F 'em.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-07-24 14:52

    Let's have comparisons on the limit for Corporate executives. They are still accountable to shareholders and part of the masses. This is for all MECs, WP included. The figure is fair, it is the abuse that is awful.

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-07-24 15:35

      Nothing is fair about this. The corporates who have budgets for parties etc require us to use their services (which we can choose to, or not to). They remain profitable, while our provinces do not. We have no option but to pay taxes to these thieving bufoons, and they squander almost every single cent.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-24 15:52

      Accountable? Not many people in power know this meaning or care about it.

      handy.andy.773 - 2012-07-25 14:57

      @Peter, you dont pay taxes, do you?

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-24 14:52

    The land of milk and money-nice to spend whilst others slog away! This just further shows the lack of concern of the welfare of the poor citizens-"Just rack up the credit card,whilst my constituants go to sleep in a tin shanty"!!! The gravy just keeps getting thicker! And so do the voters who vote for them!!!!!!!

  • andrew.arde - 2012-07-24 14:52

    "In the course of discharging our responsibilities, we've taken reasonable steps to ensure the prudent use of the corporate credit cards by complying with the prescribed guidelines while being conscious of the fiscal challenges that our province faces," Oh sure, like we believe you!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:45

      Andrew, wrote her speechwriter for her. Afterwards they had a good laugh about it. The tax payers fooled once more.

  • shanleigh.sewsanker - 2012-07-24 14:53

    so this 100k limit that they have, is it their salary or like a "free spending our money" card for them to use?

      Amanda - 2012-07-25 06:28

      What do you think?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:46

      Shanleigh, nope they have a rather handsome salary with perks galore besides this.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:47

      Ntasko, why do you keep posting the same message?.

  • Shaun Rademeyer - 2012-07-24 14:57

    So they are doing everything possible to get more money from the residents of JHB whilst they squander the money allocated to them.

  • busisiwe.motlhasedi - 2012-07-24 15:02

    I give up....

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:48

      Busisiwe, join the club. We all gave up.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-24 15:04

    This is kinda like giving the keys to the brewery to a dronkie!

      rontheogre - 2012-07-24 16:04

      Watch the lotto sales drop. This might be a ploy by government to try and distract MEC's from committing fraud or tenderpreneurship;D

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-07-24 15:05

    I have been voting for the ANC since the dawn of democracy. It has come to a point where they think the people who vote for them, serve them. The ministers buy cars worth more than R2 million paid by my taxes, houses worth millions , security and cell phones paid by my taxes. and now credit cards also paid by me. When will they start working for me and the rest of us? I won't mention education and health, they forgot completely about that because they can now afford private schooling and private hospitals with my monthly taxes.

      rowan.maulson - 2012-07-24 15:09

      I have to ask the question... If you have such an issue with the ANC discharge themselves, why do you still vote for them?

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-07-24 15:49 is said that repeating a specific action over and over again, and expecting different results each time, is a sign of insanity.... SO what does this say about your and other ANC members voting behavior?

      red.nortier - 2012-07-24 15:55

      Very good, never mind the extra 300 mln due to fraud, and extra that takes place on a daily basis which the taxpayer has to pay in as well

      nthabeleng.monyane.7 - 2012-07-24 16:04

      Now you know what to do come the next elections. No brainer

      sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-07-24 16:08

      I so much expected the questions my loyalty. My first answer is we are in a relatively new democracy where a new government makes mistakes and correct them. Second I do not see any better alternative - DA completely out of question, they don't represent me and my interests. Come the next elections I see if I want to vote for any other party.

      zukile.marcus - 2012-07-24 16:10

      Sefako my friend; if you didnt start working last year do you think all these years there was government who was paying for these expenses. Its not gonna change because you decide to give your vote for a different party. You probably gona know less because their buddies in the media wont write about it. Wake up Mokgalaka and I dont mean keep voting for ANC I dont even vote for them for that matter, but I refuse to be misdirected by the information the media is feeding us when they want to to make us help them fight the battles of the opposition.

      mariah.jansentshabalala - 2012-07-24 17:01

      Sefako weeee, open your eyes dude. the previous government has deprived you of more. secondly such allowances have always existed in the political enviroment. so please open your eyes .......

      Amanda - 2012-07-25 06:31

      Sefako, your second post tells me all I need to know as to why this country will never come right. Just shut up and pay your taxes if you still insist on voting for the ANC. You have no right to complain then.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:50

      Sefako, if the Da do not represent your interests you may be better off where you are. By the way don't you vote for a party for the interest of the country and it's people?.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:53

      Maria, the previous goverment may have deprived you. But is that a reason for the government you keep voting for to deprive you even futher. What is the difference bewteen old thieves and new thieves?.

      handy.andy.773 - 2012-07-25 15:01

      @Maria - there is no hope for you. obviously you still think the way the previous goverment tought you, that everything is black and white. sad.

  • badballie - 2012-07-24 15:09

    up to 1,2 million per year.....???????? no wonder this country is bankrupt. time to stop paying rates taxes and any other government extortion rackets.

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-24 15:25

      That's R1.2million EACH.... How many MEC's are there? Disgraceful!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-24 15:11

    The Gravy Train still running.

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-24 15:44

      even with a faster speed mate with higher credit soon and zuma has a monthly credit card of 2million U$D which he can entertain his fam and friends.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-07-24 15:12

    There is nothing new or wrong here in improving the perks of the MEC's to ensure that they do their work effectively. Government must make being an MEC as attractive as possible in order to attract the skilled proffesionals who are easily lured in by the same perks or even more by the private sector! People must learn to see the bigger picture!

      Ian - 2012-07-24 15:28

      Do there work effectively, really, are you that gullible

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-24 15:28

      True phumi, I wouldn't mind giving market related perks to qualified professionals who perform, are held accountable and will use the perks for what they are really intended for!!! In this case .........

      retha.vosloo.5 - 2012-07-24 15:29

      Tha bigga pictua!!!! Oeeee-e-e!!! Hahahahaaaaahahahahaaaaaaa.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-24 15:54

      phumi, you are too well spoken for an idiot... cut the crap, it's a f@cking sham, i know of 3 kids who beg for food outside kfc and the bp garage... still need those cards?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-24 15:54

      They have so much money to shop and so little time to work, no wonder very little gets done.

      rontheogre - 2012-07-24 16:09

      Then there are more deserving and qualified government SERVANTS that should have these perks, eg SAPD, people that affect our daily lives by placing theirs on the line for us. The closest an MEC comes to placing his/her life on the line is fighting a hangover or alcohol poisoning.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-07-24 16:16

      Phumi. Seriously what hole did you crawl out of???? What effective work do ur gravy train MEC do besides steal more money???? Look what limpopo looks like and you say they doing a great job? A great job at F@#king up this country more like it. While they live this high life the poor suffer more.Seriously you are just another brain washed idiot.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-24 16:30

      They won't go to the private sector, because is means work. Their salary go into the bank and the card pays the rest.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:55

      Phumi the fox said to the chicken sooner or later you will leave the chicken coop and I will be waiting. This fox really saw the bigger picture. People like you don't.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-24 15:21

    Eish - i want a job in government. you get exorbitant salary (which you don't need), you get a mansion, cars, medical aid, free lawyers, and now you can get a credit card with K100 limit - wow i also want one.

      vlarismam - 2012-07-24 15:28

      you and me both Sisie!

  • Gavin - 2012-07-24 15:24

    next year, when you do your tax return, you'll get to choose which MEC's credit card your tax money goes too.. what a joke. I wonder how big Nomvula's head is without all that scary makeup on...

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-24 15:24

    Lol!!! Come on guys, SARS has just broken the record for the first million tax submissions!! What's the problem, let's break the record on spending targets, no limits here (after all, 'they should TRY to keep within their limits) That's what our taxes are for Lol!!!! Lord help us!!

  • rob.baggaley - 2012-07-24 15:25

    " We want to reassure the people of Gauteng that we shall continue to do everything in our power to exercise fiscal discipline," she said. ROTFLMWAO......Comment of the year, just above Zuma's " we are safe. "

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-24 15:26

    No wonder they love the gravy train, this is atrocious. I can believe that they are allowed this. They still have the bloody cheek to want to take the wealth away from the minority to give to the poor, excuse THEIR POOR when government and mec's get this as an added perk per month. It is absolutely disgusting. This is our tax money even the poorest of poor pay some form of tax they are throwing down the drain. They will never be able to control these spenders now, never never never they have tasted the cream. I really think this whole government absolutely stinks. I am a pensioner I am battling to make things meet. I walk around woollies food store and I wish I could buy some of their lovely food stuff but I know, I cannot afford to blow my small budgeet. Now, thanks to Gill Marcus, she has taken away even more out of my budget yet these people can blow this type of money every month without accountability. I am suffering whilst they are flauting my hard earned life savings in our faces. Dont wait for metro cops to bring this country to its knees, its time for the taxpayers and everybody pays some form of tax to show these clowns whose the boss.

      vlarismam - 2012-07-24 15:31

      That's the whole nation @ 14% (other than the few tax free items in stores)

  • michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-07-24 15:29

    Why do they need guildelines? Why don't they just use their heads and know the difference between STEALING and NOT STEALING.

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-24 15:33

    Yoh, worse part you hear someone who calls himself a president saying he did his best..... alooooooter continua

  • IvdBergh - 2012-07-24 15:36

    THIS IS B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T !!!!!!!!!

  • JohnDough - 2012-07-24 15:36

    A gravy train with limits? ROFL!

  • brandon.wilson.5891 - 2012-07-24 15:37

    Fake Hair Fake Eye Lashes How about a Fake Nose premier?

      mariah.jansentshabalala - 2012-07-24 16:56

      Wow, how relevant to this discussion....

  • Thabo J Mogomotsi - 2012-07-24 15:42

    South Africans are at a point whereby middle-class abstain from elections and the poor are lobbyied into empty promises and vote for ANC with it's GRAVY TRAIN.

      mariah.jansentshabalala - 2012-07-24 16:55

      Thabo wake up please.....

      Erna - 2012-07-24 17:07

      Why are the middle class abstaining? They don't have to vote for the DA to lessen the ANC's power, but they do have to vote. Not voting is unacceptable.

  • Thabisoul Motsome - 2012-07-24 15:45

    I give up!!!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-24 17:03

      Never give up my friend - walk tall and remember you have the power - use it in your vote.

  • sbu.mahwai - 2012-07-24 15:46

    Wow R100K credit limit, Salary around R60k minimum, all the benefits that one can think of - and you think our generation will take us serious when we say education its important while the uneducated are minting it

  • byron.jay.37 - 2012-07-24 15:47

    "We want to reassure the people of Gauteng that we shall continue to do everything in our power to exercise fiscal discipline," The perpetual refinement of this discipline basically means that it will be an on-going process. On-going be the corruption of abusing state funds legally too...

  • ryan.glenn.758 - 2012-07-24 15:51

    Looking at how many MEC members there are on the link I can see 99. If my maths is rights thats round R10000000 a month in expenses.

  • Hermann - 2012-07-24 15:51

    They should double the amount and then in addition to no books close the schools. An uneducated electorate is a safe electorate.

  • pheello.majoang1 - 2012-07-24 15:57

    I guess this is what we call economical freedom and injustice......And for flippin useless MEC who are failing the country and fellow citizens.

  • james.otter.10 - 2012-07-24 15:57

    Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil, Just pass around the cookie jar.

  • peter.hall.3956 - 2012-07-24 15:59

    The only way that change will happen is that "BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO VOTE FOR AN EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT" They hold the power in numbers, if they vote correctly they will prosper. Only an effective government will guide SA into a sustainable future. The ANC do not have effect leaders!

      mariah.jansentshabalala - 2012-07-24 16:41

      Oh no people, this has been in existence for years. All politicians on earth receive some sort of allowance at the expense of tax payer’s. The previous government’s politicians also received such. So let’s not make it as if its news now that ANC/current government is receiving such.

      chris.cunning.14 - 2012-07-25 07:16

      @Mariah: Agreed, allowances have always been around. However there is a 100% increase in there allowance and the MEC's "strive" to not spent it. What that tells me is they spend that limit every month. Also inflation increases world wide on average is not 100%. So sorry, the increase is unjustified and an abuse of power. A 10% increase would've been right on. You sound like a prized idiot. I hope you understand that.

  • wayne.jones.1422 - 2012-07-24 16:00

    Is that now additional to the other perks and money the steal!

  • mark.botha.184 - 2012-07-24 16:02

    Ok, so lets see...10 Gauteng MEC's. They DEFINITELY gonna spend 100K thats R1million per month...and 12 months in a year...R12 million a year. And kids are going to class under trees, what a shining light on this wonderful democracy of ours.

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-07-24 16:06

    I am finnish now....nowonder people are protesting each n everyday. Government is extremely corrupt....when it comes to election they always promise people a BETTER LIFE FOR ALL. Is that fair to the voters....we better think twice before we elect people who going lead this country.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-24 16:52

      Yes, this is what we've been trying to say for years, but we were called racist for raising awareness.

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-25 09:10

      bond--you misunderstood-they meant to say-"better life for ALL OUR CLOSE FRIENDS"

  • luzukotosh - 2012-07-24 16:08

    Absolute rubbish

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-24 16:10

    are you still happy with your 6%

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-24 16:11

    Why not use this money to build the houses that were promised years ago! Now how can people still vote for this government, when all they get are empty promises?

      Michael - 2012-07-24 16:49

      You can not build houses for people and sustain that, people must start to take responsibility for their own shelter, as long as there is a budget for that, i dont see nothing wrong, governments all over the world operate like that.

  • Michael - 2012-07-24 16:13

    That refrer to all MEC's, and those from Western Cape, by the way the money is not meant for their personal pleasure, thats why Humphrey Memezi had to resign, lets not critisize without facts.

      nthabeleng.monyane.7 - 2012-07-24 16:17

      @Michael are you for real?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 12:59

      Michael stuff the facts, some just don't want to see, including you.

  • lordstephen - 2012-07-24 16:13

    Lol, and they still can't pay traffic fines...

  • ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-07-24 16:15

    It seems to me that power and leadership is all about spending the peoples ( Taxpayer ) money recklessley ! R1.2 million per annum per MEC is a huge amount of money and they WILL spen it !!~

  • lauren.myburg - 2012-07-24 16:16

    And how many people can be employed, clothed and fead with this amount of money???? SHOCKING!

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-07-24 16:18

    Wow, they're already so overwait and the majority of South Africans lives in poverty. But the new generation's eyes is opening. Time for the gravy train and corruption of the ruling party is running out.

  • justin.mennas - 2012-07-24 16:18


  • mfundo.magwaza.77 - 2012-07-24 16:19

    This is nothing compared to what NP MECs spent, this type of expenditure is budjeted for in all world governments..Its just that some people have a problem now because its ANCs turn..

      Erna - 2012-07-24 16:51

      I suppose you also agree with the statement - we didn't struggle to be poor.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-24 16:56

      No not at all, we have a problem with it because many people are literally starving - mostly your people. But you'll never understand will you? This is not the time in SA for this type of luxury.

      Gerda Malherbe - 2012-07-24 17:04

      Oh you definately went to a no fee-school : 2 wrongs = right. Idiot. The ANC preaches the moral high ground, but is even worse

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-24 17:20

      @ that why the people voted for the ANC? To take over running the government so the MECs can get these allowances? Wow, guess nobody told the suffering voters.

      theo.joubert.37 - 2012-07-25 08:20

      @mfundo you are an ignorant fool. No one here said that they should not get an allowance, and everyone is talking about all the MEC's including those of other party's. The problem is the ammount. I am shure no one would have a problem with this amount if these MEC's did their jobs and we had effective provincial and local governments. But that is clearly not the case. These people are wasting tax money that could be used for service delivery, job creation ect. These MEC's Gets a 100% increase in perks but our civil servants gets 6%? Is that fair?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 13:02

      Mfundo, rubbish, you don't know what the previous government spend on anything. Stop justifying the stealing from your less fortunate brothers and sisters. That you justify this spending because it is now the ANC's turn shows how silly you are.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-24 16:21

    What government business needs R100,000.00 a month. Nice hotel rooms, fancy food, maybe, but definitly not something urgent. I would love to see the statement.

      mariah.jansentshabalala - 2012-07-24 16:43

      Oh no people, this has been in existence for years. All politicians on earth receive some sort of allowance at the expense of tax payer’s. The previous government’s politicians also received such. So let’s not make it as if its news now that ANC/current government is receiving such.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-24 19:32

      mariah ~ Obviously you don't earn enough to pay tax or you would also have an issue with this blatant thievery. Sies!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-25 13:03

      Maria, get your head out the hole in the ground, maybe then you will stop posting the same message over and over again. It makes you look like an idiot.

  • tammyrohloff1 - 2012-07-24 16:24

    geee whizz, only 100k.... what are they going to do now??? If no one notices the hint of sarcasm

  • mariah.jansentshabalala - 2012-07-24 16:39

    Oh no people, this has been in existence for years. All politicians on earth receive some sort of allowance at the expense of tax payer’s. The previous government’s politicians also received such. So let’s not make it as if its news now that ANC/current government is receiving such.

      Erna - 2012-07-24 16:45

      Maybe, but the current lot in the anc don't know the difference between official and personal expenditure! And the person paying the bills doesn't care.

      mariah.jansentshabalala - 2012-07-24 16:53

      @Erna, the individual that was cought mismanaging such funds had to resign. so clearly some action was taken against him. secondly, the current democratic enviroment is highly transparent thats why u and i can have this discussion. previously we would not know. so again, lets not point fingers at one side when such culture has been in existence for years....

      Erna - 2012-07-24 16:56

      The only reason he resigned was because he was found out. He is still getting a salary of R800k a year so how was he actually 'punished'?

      chris.cunning.14 - 2012-07-25 07:17

      @Mariah: Agreed, allowances have always been around. However there is a 100% increase in there allowance and the MEC's "strive" to not spent it. What that tells me is they spend that limit every month. Also inflation increases world wide on average is not 100%. So sorry, the increase is unjustified and an abuse of power. A 10% increase would've been right on. You sound like a prized idiot. I hope you understand that